Tell the USDA to Stop Hiding Puppy Mill Abuse: Sign the Petition

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Tell the USDA to Stop Hiding Puppy Mill Abuse: Sign the Petition

Dogs continue to suffer in puppy mills across the country. Despite public outcry, our ability to monitor these cruel breeding facilities known as “puppy mills” took a big hit from the government. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) removed inspection reports and other information about thousands of commercial dog breeders from its website. 

This information is vital in our efforts to monitor puppy mills and to help the animals who languish in them year after year. These reports used to be available to anyone with internet access, and suddenly they were gone.

The Freedom of Information Act should ensure public access to these records, but our requests have been answered with useless, heavily redacted reports—or silence.

In May 2018 we filed a federal lawsuit against the USDA for its practice of blacking out crucial animal welfare information on FOIA responses. In April 2019, we filed a second federal lawsuit addressing the USDA’s pattern of non-response to our requests and its systemic lack of transparency. Why is this agency protecting the cruel puppy-breeding industry? Sign our petition demanding USDA give back full access to this lifesaving information.

Dogs continue to suffer in puppy mills across the country. Despite public outcry, our ability to monitor these cruel breeding facilities known as “puppy mills” took a big hit from the government. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) removed inspection reports and other information about thousands of commercial dog breeders from its website. 

This information is vital in our efforts to monitor puppy mills and to help the animals who languish in them year after year. These reports used to be available to anyone with internet access, and suddenly they were gone.

The Freedom of Information Act should ensure public access to these records, but our requests have been answered with useless, heavily redacted reports—or silence.

In May 2018 we filed a federal lawsuit against the USDA for its practice of blacking out crucial animal welfare information on FOIA responses. In April 2019, we filed a second federal lawsuit addressing the USDA’s pattern of non-response to our requests and its systemic lack of transparency. Why is this agency protecting the cruel puppy-breeding industry? Sign our petition demanding USDA give back full access to this lifesaving information.

Dogs continue to suffer in puppy mills across the country. Despite public outcry, our ability to monitor these cruel breeding facilities known as “puppy mills” took a big hit from the government. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) removed inspection reports and other information about thousands of commercial dog breeders from its website. 

This information is vital in our efforts to monitor puppy mills and to help the animals who languish in them year after year. These reports used to be available to anyone with internet access, and suddenly they were gone.

The Freedom of Information Act should ensure public access to these records, but our requests have been answered with useless, heavily redacted reports—or silence.

In May 2018 we filed a federal lawsuit against the USDA for its practice of blacking out crucial animal welfare information on FOIA responses. In April 2019, we filed a second federal lawsuit addressing the USDA’s pattern of non-response to our requests and its systemic lack of transparency. Why is this agency protecting the cruel puppy-breeding industry? Sign our petition demanding USDA give back full access to this lifesaving information.